BEIJING, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao and eight other Party and government leaders took part in the country's once-in-a-decade census Tuesday at Zhongnanhai, the central leadership compound in Beijing, or entrusted their families to submit the required information.
The leaders, also including top legislator Wu Bangguo, Premier Wen Jiabao, top political advisor Jia Qinglin, as well as Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang, are all Standing Committee members of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee.
After shaking hands with two census-takers, Hu answered their questions needed to complete a census form and then signed his name at the end of the form.
Hu said an effective census could help the Party and the government to "make decisions scientifically" and to promote rapid and sound economic and social development and improve people's livelihoods.
China launched a nationwide census Monday. More than six million census-takers will visit more than 400 million households between Nov. 1 and 10.
Information required to fill out a census form includes the respondent's name, age, sex, ethnic group, education, residential housing area and number of rooms of their dwelling.
An official report based on the information gathered will be produced by the end of next April.